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Sally Kohn destroys Ben Ferguson over ‘secret society’ flop: ‘Wish viewers had Smell-o-Vision because this smells desperate’

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While discussing the so-called Justice Department “secret society” debacle that blew up in Republicans’ faces earlier this week, liberal pundit and author Sally Kohn shut down GOP commentator Ben Ferguson after he tried to resuscitate the conspiracy.

“I think it’s sad that we’re calling everything conspiracy theories when what Republicans are doing in many of these cases is asking questions,” Ferguson said as CNN host Jim Scuitto interrupted. “It is fair to ask questions.”

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“You have two FBI agents who clearly have show in their text message bias against Donald Trump,” he continued, referencing agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the individuals at the heart of the GOP’s attacks against special counsel Robert Mueller. “These same two individuals used the words describing that they might actually need to have some sort of secret meeting in their own words.”

Kohn, as evidenced by her facial expressions while Ferguson spoke, wasn’t having it.

“I mean, I send texts to my friends all the time comparing my day to Beyoncé’s,” she said, “but it doesn’t mean I’m Beyoncé.”

Laughing, she said it’s “scary” that Ferguson and his party mates who cried wolf about the single text message couldn’t interpret the out-of-context text as a joke. Indeed, Huffington Post reported yesterday that not only was the single “secret society” text a reference to calendars full of “beefcake” photos of Vladimir Putin that Strzok bought as a gag for his colleagues, but the text’s existence has already been discovered and summarily dismissed as an obvious joke by reporters who read the text a month prior.

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“It’s unfortunate that they haven’t invented ‘Smell-o-Vision’ because this smells desperate,” Kohn said.

Watch the hilarious exchange below, via CNN:

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Pompeo State Dept. homepage advocates ‘being a Christian leader’ — here’s why that’s more disturbing than it sounds

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The website of the U.S, Department of State currently features a photograph of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the words, “Being a Christian Leader.”

The link on the State Dept. homepage goes to a video and the text of Pompeo’s speech to the American Association of Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tennessee on October 11.

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Russia denies US news report it bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours

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Russia on Monday denied a US newspaper report that its warplanes bombed four hospitals in rebel-held territory in Syria over a period of 12 hours this year.

The Russian defence ministry rubbished the claim in a report by The New York Times, saying "the alleged 'evidence' provided by the NYT is not worth even the paper it was printed on".

The May strikes -- which the newspaper tied to Moscow through Russian radio recordings, plane spotter logs and accounts by witnesses -- are part of a larger pattern of medical facilities targeted by forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's devastating civil war.

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Black family arrested for ‘loitering’ on their own front lawn

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On October 1, a black family was standing in the front yard of their home, when police approached. They were arrested for loitering even though they were on their own property, reports KYW news.

Loitering offenses have historically been used as a way to purge people seen as undesirable, such as the homeless, from public spaces.

Now, the family is demanding answers from the Chester Township Police Department in Pennsylvania.

"It's a terrifying thing. It makes me feel as though the police can knock down your door, and drag you out of your home at anytime," Rachel Briggs told KYW. "This is an incident that made me feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home," she added. Her sons and nephew were dragged off to jail, where they spent the night while the family scrambled to make their bail.

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